In this case, two workers from a roofing company had replaced a flat roof and were installing cladding and flashing around the top of the building to seal the edges. One was holding the cladding sheets in position from a ladder footed by his colleague and climbed onto the roof while the other secured the sheets and the flashing from the roof. The former worker climbed up onto the roof and sadly suffered a fatal fall.
A joint investigation carried out by the local police and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) found that the work was not properly planned to ensure it could be carried out safely. There were no measures in place, such as scaffold edge protection, to prevent falls from the edges of the roof.
The HSE declared the dangers of working at height to be well known and that, by failing to have suitable edge protection installed around the building, workers were put at risk and ultimately costing a life.
Such incidents highlight how important it is for all those working at height, to put safety first and be properly trained so that they are using the right equipment for the job and know how to use it properly.
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